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Re: [Fantasy Fiction Dungeon] A Feast of Crows

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  • Jeff C.
    Sorry George, I waited too long. Don t think I will bother with your next one. Too many other good books to read to waste my time with yours. ...
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 1, 2005
      Sorry George, I waited too long. Don't think I will
      bother with your next one. Too many other good books
      to read to waste my time with yours.

      --- Matt <gauvaine@...> wrote:

      > July 26th Folks. But he's still not done. He was
      > adding, adding,
      > adding, adding. The publisher has decided to split
      > the book into two
      > parts, with the story focusing on different
      > characters entirely in
      > one book, and then focusing on the others in the
      > other, so that he
      > can continue to flesh out and write the remaining
      > chapters for the
      > second book while FEast of Crows gets finished. Very
      > ingenius on his
      > part. Now we get to pay twice for one book. But it
      > was coming in at
      > over 1500 pages, with more still to be written. So i
      > commend him for
      > being honest and giving everyone their money's
      > worth.
      > Here's the letter in it's entirety from his website:
      > No, I haven't finished writing everything I wanted
      > to include in A
      > FEAST FOR CROWS. I have wrapped up a whole bunch of
      > characters and
      > storylines since the last update in January, but "a
      > whole bunch"
      > does not equate to "all."
      > And I was facing another problem as well: the sheer
      > size of the
      > book.
      > All of the books in this series have been big, mind
      > you. A GAME OF
      > THRONES weighed in at 1088 pages in manuscript, not
      > counting the
      > appendices. A CLASH OF KINGS was even longer at 1184
      > pages, not
      > counting the appendices. And A STORM OF SWORDS
      > measured a gargantuan
      > 1521 pages in manuscript, not counting the (etc).
      > Any publisher will tell you that a book as big as A
      > is a production nightmare, and STORM did indeed
      > cause problems for
      > many of my publishers around the world. In some
      > languages it was
      > divided into two, three, or even four volumes.
      > Bantam published
      > STORM in a single volume in the United States, but
      > not without
      > difficulty. Pretty much everyone agreed that it
      > would be a really
      > good thing if the fourth volume in the series came
      > in somewhat
      > shorter than STORM, so I set out with the idea of
      > delivering a FEAST
      > closer in length to A CLASH OF KINGS.
      > Alas for good intentions. In hindsight, I should
      > have known better.
      > The story makes its own demands, as Tolkien once
      > said, and my story
      > kept demanding to get bigger and more complicated.
      > I passed A CLASH OF KINGS last year, and still had
      > plenty more to
      > write. By January, I had more than 1300 pages, and
      > still had
      > storylines unfinished. About three weeks ago I hit
      > 1527 pages of
      > final draft, surpassing A STORM OF SWORDS... but I
      > also had another
      > hundred or so pages of roughs and incomplete
      > chapters, as well as
      > other chapters sketched out but entirely unwritten.
      > That was when I
      > realized that the light I'd seen at the end of the
      > tunnel was
      > actually the headlight of an onrushing locomotive.
      > And that's why my publishers and I, after much
      > discussion and
      > weighing of alternatives, have decided to split the
      > narrative into
      > two books (printing in microtype on onion skin paper
      > and giving each
      > reader a magnifying glass was not considered
      > feasible, and I was
      > reluctant to make the sort of deep cuts that would
      > have been
      > necessary to get the book down to a more publishable
      > length, which I
      > felt would have compromised the story).
      > The first plan was simply to lop the text in half.
      > In that scenario,
      > I would finish the last few chapters in as short a
      > length (and time)
      > as possible. That would have produced a story of
      > maybe 1650 to 1700
      > pages in manuscript, which we would simply have
      > broken into two
      > chunks of roughly equal length and published as A
      > Part One and A FEAST FOR CROWS, Part Two.
      > We decided not to do that. It was my feeling -- and
      > I pushed hard
      > for this, so if you don't like the solution, blame
      > me, not my
      > publishers -- that we were better off telling all
      > the story for half
      > the characters, rather than half the story for all
      > the characters.
      > Cutting the novel in half would have produced two
      > half-novels; our
      > approach will produce two novels taking place
      > simultaneously, but
      > set hundreds or even thousands of miles apart, and
      > involving
      > different casts of characters (with some overlap).
      > The division has been done, and it think it works
      > quite well. The
      > upshot is, A FEAST FOR CROWS is now moving into
      > production. It is
      > still a long book, but not too long; about the same
      > size as A GAME
      > OF THRONES. The focus in FEAST will be on Westeros,
      > King's Landing,
      > the riverlands, Dorne, and the Iron Islands. More
      > than that I won't
      > say.
      > Meanwhile, all the characters and stories removed
      > from FEAST are
      > moving right into A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, which will
      > focus on events
      > in the east and north. All the chapters I have not
      > yet finished
      > and/or begun are moving into DANCE. I think this is
      > very good, if
      > truth be told, since it will give me the room to
      > complete those arcs
      > as I had originally intended, rather than trying to
      > tie them up
      > quickly in a chapter or two so I could deliver the
      > massively late
      > Big FEAST.
      > So there it is. I know some of you may be
      > disappointed, especially
      > when you buy A FEAST FOR CROWS and discover that
      > your favorite
      > character does not appear, but given the realities I
      > think this was
      > the best solution... and the more I look at it, the
      > more convinced I
      > am that these two parallel novels, when taken
      > together, will
      > actually tell the story better than one big book.
      > And if there are those who don't agree, and still
      > want their Big
      > FEAST with all the trimmings set out on one huge
      > table... well,
      > there's an easy fix. Get both books, razor the pages
      > out with an
      > Exacto knife, interleave the chapters as you think
      > best, and bring
      > the towering stack of text that results to your
      > favorite
      > bookbinder... and presto, chango the Big FEAST will
      > live again.
      > As for me, I am getting back to work. There's good
      > news on that
      > front too -- A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is half-done!!!
      > (And before anyone asks, yes indeed, this
      > development means that
      > Parris was right all along. It will now probably
      > require seven books
      > to complete the story).
      > ¬óGeorge R.R. Martin, May 29, 2005

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